Erik Wahl

Graffiti artist, best selling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Erik Wahl’s breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit today. He is an globally recognized artist, a bestselling author, a featured TED presenter, and a viral content creator.

On stage, Erik’s keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik’s presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.

Erik’s most recent #1 bestseller, The Spark and the Grind, activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business. Erik’s previous book, a #1 bestseller called Unthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as The blueprint to actionable creativity, and by Fast Company Magazine as “provocative with a purpose.” It was also and a CEO Read of the year and has been hailed as the blueprint for leveraging creativity to achieve superior levels of performance.

The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, The Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of … Well, Jobs. Erik discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged the mental discipline of creativity did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.

In the meantime, inspired by street art, he became an acclaimed graffiti artist—though he has since stopped selling his works for personal gain, and instead uses his art to raise money for charitie – raising over $1.5 Million dollars as of 2020. His keynote is where his passion for business growth and art converge into a fascinating performance.

Erik’s list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize.

“Game Changer”
~ Microsoft

“Energizing”
~ Celgene

“Amazing”
~ Mass Mutual

“Brilliant”
~ Wells Fargo

“He was the best keynote we have ever had”
~ Executive Officer Club

“Jaw Dropping”
~ In Concert Web

“Erik’s keynote set our twitter feed on fire. His revolutionary show gave our attendees an experience they won’t soon forget”
~ Association for Talent Development

“Erik transforms the stage and created an epic audience experience”
~ Grand Canyon University

“Erik Wahl was the highlight of our entire conference. He captured everyone’s imagination with his creativity and added a whole new dimension to the usual motivational message. Not to mention his artistic finale was a complete knockout!”
~ AT&T

“Erik Wahl’s UNTHINK is Creative Detox at the highest level.  It’s a kick in the pants that will send you sailing out of the box — back to “beginner’s mind,” to child-like courage, to that place of play where all wonderful work originates.  Erik Wahl is a force of nature.  UNTHINK is his relentless, playful ethos in a bottle.  I love the concept, I love the title. Five Un-Stars!” -Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art and Turning Pro

“UNTHINK will catapult you forward to unlock and unleash your creative genius. This thought provoking book is an extension of Erik Wahl’s electrifying keynote performance that will inspire you grow your dreams and challenge your traditional thought patterns to achieve excellence in both business and in life.” -Ken Blanchard, bestselling co-author of The One Minute Manager

“Erik Wahl has made creativity his life’s study. In the pages of UNTHINK, you’ll find inspiration for your own creative journey.  Even better, you’ll discover that you won’t have to travel far — the answers are all around you.” -Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell Is Human
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